Course Spotlight

Course Spotlight

Looking for that perfect course to round out your summer schedule? The Summer Quarter features a lineup of unique courses that students can engage with to shape the future. Whether you're hoping to explore a discipline outside of your field of study, master a new skill, or elevate your understanding of a trending topic, there are options available for you.  

Below we have highlighted a number of courses that are interdisciplinary, newly developed, exclusively offered during summer, and/or offer scholarship opportunities. 

Use the filter tool or the navigational menu to seek courses that align with your goals and interests, and check back frequently for new additions!

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Epidemiology represents the current paradigm for thinking about disease through exposure, transmission, spread, morbidity and mortality, and offers us a timely case study in how data is transformed from an abstract representation into a narrative about public health. 

Combining an introduction to digital GIS tools, critical GIS theory, and traditional archival research, this course explores the historical entanglements between water and imperial expansion in the western United States and Nile Valley from the nineteenth century to the present.

This 8-unit immersive course supports students in a unique exploration of Shakespearean works on page and stage. Scholarships are available to offset the unit fees associated with the course.

This course will examine the utopian dream through history, literature, philosophy, and public memory. Starting with a historical and philosophical background of the concepts and unintended consequences of idealism, the course will then turn to focus more narrowly on our own planned community of Isla Vista. Scholarships are available to offset the unit fees associated with the course, and it fulfills GE requirements for Area E and Writing. 

Conversational interactions hold people together, and language provides building blocks for conversation — but the nuts and bolts of conversation usually fly under our radar. If you’re interested in investigating how language works using engaging visuals, this course is for you.

This course investigates virtual reality and studies the imminent integration of real and virtual worlds.

Explore how translators use technology to produce translations and how researchers utilize technology to conduct translation experiments. This course is open to students with language backgrounds other than Spanish. 


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Storytelling for the Screen

A six-week, eight-credit intensive capstone TV writing workshop.

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Creative Computing

Approach the computerized world through personal, imaginative, and critical connections. 

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